Cheltenham-based Zak’s love of speed was clear from a young age. Zak started karting aged 9 and perfected his racecraft on the kart tracks of Europe. Winning 3 out of his first 5 races, Zak was dubbed “Rain Man” for his speed in the wet.
Zak returned to the UK to race competitively in 2014. Claiming his first championship aged 11, Zak became one of the youngest ever winners of the British Super One Rookie Championship. Later that year Zak won the prestigious British GP Kartmasters Championship.
Zak impressed hugely in his maiden F4 season, winning at his first event at Donington Park for Carlin before taking pole and a double victory in the second meeting at Brands Hatch. He was engaged in a fierce battle for the title with Luke Browning for the whole year, only losing out in controversial circumstances in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.
Zak quickly progressed to the highly competitive arena of European World Karting. In 2017, despite his tender years, Zak finished overall 5th and 12th, out of hundreds of entrants. In 2018, Zak finished a very strong 2nd place in the prestigious DKM championship.
At just 14 years old, 2019 signalled Zak’s move into cars with the Ginetta Junior Championship. He raced on some of the UK’s most renowned racetracks, shadowing the British Touring Car Championship. With a Live TV audience of 20 million and trackside attendance in excess of 380,000, 2019 promised to be an exciting year, and exciting it was!
Zak was placed 2nd in his car racing debut, and went on to record three race wins and a further 11 podiums. He secured the 2019 Ginetta Junior Championship Rookie Cup and 2nd overall, 164 points clear of his next nearest rookie rival. Now a seasoned racer at most UK circuits, Zak moved up into the British F4 Championship in 2020, his first season in single-seaters.
Zak moved swiftly to confirm his plans for 2021, when he will step up to the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Carlin. The series runs alongside the British GT Championship and features iconic circuits such as Silverstone GP and Spa-Francorchamps.
"I’m fortunate to have worked with many talented drivers, some of which have made it all the way to Formula One. Zak has a fantastic natural talent…I see a very bright future ahead.”
- Trevor Carlin (Team Principal)